chapter  8
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Movements for Change

There is nothing ordained about industrialised agriculture. Despite the pressure from governments, corporations, international bodies and consumers, there are farmers and growers who have defied conventional wisdom and successfully resisted the pressures to adopt intensive chemical farming. Over the years, they have resolutely ploughed their own furrow, building upon existing, and developing new, approaches for controlling pests and enhancing fertility without the use of synthetic chemicals; creating their own marketing networks; attempting, as far as possible, to evolve an agriculture that, in the words of Wendell Berry, “depletes neither the soil nor people.”1